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English Language Learning in 3 Easy Ways

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3 easy ways of English language learning

Here are three easy ways to learn English and make your English language learning pleasant and effortless

Unless you aspire to be the world’s best polyglot and do the activity merely for the enjoyment of it, English language learning can sometimes be a daunting task. Most English learners will attend group or private English classes, some may self-study. No matter the way of study, all of them will want to practise English speaking in a real life context. If you would like to find out how to do this, keep on reading.

1. Learning English with Love

The reasons for learning English are varied. Many movies have added storylines centred on this and language learning. If you are a fan of seventies comedy and language learning then it is quite possible you’ve encountered Mind your Language. A show, which helped bring credibility to language learning.
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British Sense of Humour

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British Sense of Humour Explained

Article by Link School of English in London

Do you get English jokes and sense of humour? Do you find British humour odd or not funny at all?

I recently saw British humour described as an oxymoron… I beg to differ; just because something doesn’t fit the norm, is different, unique, or has a culture of it’s own doesn’t mean it isn’t valid or isn’t funny. However, to an ‘out-sider’ I can see why some might think this.

Understanding British sense of humour and jokes in conversation with the English

British Humour

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English Abbreviations in Texting

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English Abbreviations in Texting and SMS Language

Do you ever what abbreviations and icons in text messages mean?

Do you find text messaging in English challenging? Here is a short introduction to English abbreviations in texting by Link School of English. We hope you find it useful.

English Abbreviations in Texting and Messaging, hand tapping on a smartphone

Abbreviations in Texting in English

Everyone sends text messages these days. It’s cheaper, quicker and more focused than making a phone call. Everyone wants to save time and many of us try to use texting abbreviations. But it can be a nightmare to figure out what some people are trying to say, with their bad spelling and home-made messaging abbreviations. Luckily, some of the more intuitive or ingenious abbreviations became viral and spread to most corners of the English speaking world. It’s also interesting how SMS language is changing.
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Stereotypes about the English

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English Stereotypes

What are the most common stereotypes abut the English and Britain?

Article by Link School of English in London

What are the first thoughts that come into your mind to give examples of stereotypical English customs? Are stereotypes about the English true?

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The English are one of the nations, for which people all across the world have created countless stereotypes and opinions involving their country, culture and character. This might be due to the wide-spread political power, which Britain used to exercise throughout the previous centuries, when the country boasted numerous colonies and conquests both on land and sea. But what are some of the most popular myths and stereotypes surrounding them to this day? Are these concepts true?

Two Englishmen in London walking and talking

Stereotypes about the English people and Britain

1. It constantly rains in England

Perhaps the most popular stereotype about the British isles has to do with its notoriously bad weather. All over the world people are convinced that it rains constantly all across the country. The bad weather has turned into the trademark of England, but it’s more a myth than reality. In fact, the climate in the region is soft and humid, because, even though the isles are located in the north, they benefit from the direct influence of the warm ocean current Gulfstream. Despite the weather being fickle and often rainy, it is not nearly as rainy as people seem to claim: the country lists only 46th in the world in rainfall, further back even than countries like New Zealand (29th) and the USA (25th). The belief about the English bad weather is most likely due to the cold winters, much longer than the summer on the isles.
And speaking of the weather…
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How to Improve English Pronunciation

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10 Tips on How to Improve English Pronunciation

How to improve your English pronunciation

Article and podcast by Link School of English

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Pronunciation is a tricky subject. People have different opinions about it, specially English learners. Unfortunately, many learners decide to work on pronunciation later on, once they have gained some fluency in the English language. This makes some sense, but it can mean that you can’t change your English pronunciation easily afterwards. Your mistakes could become permanent. There are many people who have learned English and can speak very well but their pronunciation is not at the same high level. These people are sometimes the hardest to teach because their mispronunciation has become a habit. You can correct them ten times and ten minutes later they will still say it in the same way as before. Changing mental habits and brain connections is not easy at all. Of course it is a combination of factors. Read more


Tips on How to Learn English for Beginners

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6 Tips on How to Learn English for Beginners

The most difficult is to start, so they say…

Here are some tips and ideas how to start learn English for beginners.

As a beginner language learner, in some ways you are like a baby. Babies learn their language slowly through these stages:
• First, they listen to the language.
• Then, they start to speak.
• Finally, they learn to read and write.

Tip 1: Listen to English Every Day

You can listen to English songs – this is an easy way to learn English for beginners and doesn’t take a lot of time. You may look up the lyrics of your favourite songs and check new words to understand better next time you hear the song.

Watch English TV. Start watching the news or series you have already watched in your own language. You might not understand much the first time but don’t worry about that. Even if you understand only a couple of words, that is OK, you are only a beginner. Watch it again and again. You will progressively understand more and more words and sentences.
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How to Prepare for a Job Interview in English

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How to Prepare for a Job Interview in English

5 Tips to Prepare for a Job Interview in English

One of the reasons people study English is job interview preparation. If you want to work or study in an English speaking environment you will also need to go through application process in English.

Going for a job interview is usually stressful enough as it is, but when you have the additional hurdle of needing to communicate in a language which is not your mother-tongue, it can feel like an almost impossible task.

However with the right strategy you can give yourself a good chance of success.

First of all, make sure you can actually do the job. Of course you can be optimistic and aim high, but you should have the basic skills to do the job. After that comes the question of how to convince the interviewer that you are the best person for the vacancy. This means selling your skills and experience. You need to make them feel that they really need you.
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How to Learn English with Facebook and Twitter

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How to Learn English with Facebook and Twitter

Many of you are probably already on Facebook and Twitter. They are amazing ways of staying in contact with our friends and keeping up to date with everything happening in the world. But how can you use them to learn more English after your English language classes?

Here are a couple of tips on how to learn English with Facebook and Twitter

Step 1. Change the language!

If you change the language of your Facebook or Twitter into English you will very quickly learn English words about the internet and communication!

How to do it – on Facebook, click the triangle in the top right corner, click settings, click language and select English (UK). On Twitter you can change the language from the home page. Click language in the top right corner and select English.
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Effective Business English Communication

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Effective Business English Communication

Business English Communication is a very big field and can be looked at from many angles. The main thing to bear in mind is that the aim is not necessarily or not only to be really fluent or to use beautiful and complex English words and grammar structures. That would be very good, but is not always necessary and could be a bad thing sometimes, for instance when your business partner doesn’t speak fluent English. The reason for learning Business English is so that you can communicate accurately and you can talk in English with people of different English language abilities. This means that you should be able to say what you want to say and be confident that both sides have understood clearly what needs to be done. This could be difficult even for English native speakers, and usually when there is a serious matter to be discussed, people tend to speak very plainly, using structures and verbs which cannot be misunderstood easily. Also, with globalisation, international trade and foreign clients, it really makes sense to speak English in a simple, accurate and clear way.
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How to Learn English with Films

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How to learn English with films

Are you a big movie fan? Are English classes (or work) destroying your precious TV watching time? Well this is your lucky day. Here is an English learning technique for you which combines both study and pleasure.

We should all know about switching on the subtitles on the TV or DVD player by now. You can usually turn on the subtitles for your language or into English, depending on the original language. This is a reasonably useful tool, especially for reading and writing development. But subtitles can easily just turn into a lazy way of reading movies, you probably won’t develop all the necessary skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) in an even manner. Also let’s face it, automatic subtitles can drive you crazy with typos, delays and random errors.
The way to really get learning in a big way via watching loads of movies is actually a little different from what you might imagine.
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